Moonee Ponds West Primary School

19 February 2019
2019 - Issue 3
Principal's report
School Council
Education News 
Sport News
Fundraising Events
School Information
Community Calendar
Community News
Moonee Ponds West Primary School
(03) 9370 6875
150 Athol Street
Moonee Ponds, Victoria, 3039

Principal's report

Greetings Parents, Carers, Students and the Community 

Thank-you to the couple of parents who came to the first Parent Forum for this year.  The Parent Forums give parents and stakeholders a change to feedback and up plus learn about what is happening at their school.  It was during this session that I discovered (to my horror) that we hadn’t provided the link for new parents to subscribe to the Newsletter.  Hopefully we have fix this now and we will adjust the transition process to include this important item when we offer the information about COMPASS.  My apologies. If you are unable to access the newsletter. Please use the link below to subscribe to the newsletter.

School Council Elections

February is School Council nomination month.  Every Government school requires that half the Council comes up for re-election.  At Moonee Ponds West our schedule outlines that we have six (6) parent vacancies and two (2) staff or Department Of Education employee vacancies.  Thank you to retiring School Councillors:

Parent Members

  • Simone Beever
  • Lee Cath
  • Louise Evans
  • Jarrod Smith
  • Nigel Toussaint

DET Members

Helen Lockart

Vicki McCormack


School Council is a great way to get to know your school.  If you are interested please seek a nomination form from the General Office.

The School’s Strategic Plan

As many of you will remember last year we had our School Review.  This occurs every four years.  The Review is conducted by an independent reviewer allocated by the Department of Education. Our new goals and targets are then worked on each year and are documented through the Annual Implementation Plan.  At present an infographic in the form of a bookmark is being developed so that families know the work of the staff, School Council and the community.  It is an exciting time to build upon what is already happening at Moonee Ponds West PS to ensure that all student learning needs are being meet. I am going to suggest to School Council that we have a launch of some sort later this term or early in Term 2.

Early Dismissal Process

Thank-you for your willingness to support this new process.  To support the process we will be trialing the closing of the second set of entry gates.  The gates will close at 9.30 and adults entering the school will come through the General Office. The students will come to the Office via entry near the Staffroom.  This will enable us to track students in and out of the General Office. The Child Safe Standards are at the General Office for your information and I encourage you to read these guidelines and sign the accompanying record sheet.  Providing a safe and orderly environment is part of the work of all staff and community.

Meet the Teacher Interviews

Last week we held the Meet the Teacher Interviews.  Although the timeline was fairly short we managed to get 63% of families to this event.  Getting to know your teacher and sharing the information you have about your child, establishes that important relationship with the teacher which contributes to the achievement of your child.  We will be seeking your feedback and comments for improvement via the Insight tab on your COMPASS Homepage.    Haven’t had a chance to get to the interviews as yet?  Contact your child’s teacher for a convenient time. It is never too late!

Basket Tea

Hoping to see you all at the Basket Tea this Friday night from 5.30pm.  I believe the idea is that families bring food to eat or share.   We will have some sausages for sale on the night.  If you can give us a hand on the Sausage Sizzle please complete the attached form and return to the General Office.  We will also be providing an opportunity to purchase a Keep Cup.  This is in keeping with the Sustainability focus the school continues to support.  It’s going to be a pleasant 22 degrees.  Catch you on the night.


Camp Information Evening for 2019

This year we are adding an Information Evening for parents. This will provide information so that parents can make an informed decision.  The first of these nights is for the 3/4 team on Thursday February 21 at 7-8pm.  The 5/6 Camp Information Night will be on February 26th at 7-8pm in the Performance Space.  For both meeting please enter and exit via Eglinton Street.  

Volunteering at MPWPS

We will be offering an induction session for parents who are wanting to help in the classrooms.  Again the induction will need to be completed before helping can begin especially for the new parents.  The Induction will be held on a Tuesday am. I am trying to negotiate the date as I type.  Hopefully, I can get the date and time to you in the newsletter next week. In the meantime for reading practice the Gradual Release Model at home with your children. The Gradual Release Model is: I read, we read together, you read on your own!  It a great strategy for your child to get the phasing and fluency of a competent reader!

Well that’s about it from me this week.  Until we meet in person, enjoy the last spoils of Summer.


Kerri Simpson

Principal (Acting at Moonee Ponds West PS)

School Council

School Council Membership

Parent members:

  • Louise Evans 
  • Ben Atchison 
  • Lisa Shaw 
  • Simone Beever
  • Lee Cath
  • Nigel Keegan
  • Jarrod Smith
  • Nigel Toussaint

 DET members:

  • Kerri Simpson - Executive Officer
  • Helen Lockart
  • Vicki McCormack
  • Alyena Mohummadally
  • Vacant
  • Sandra Monaghan (School Council Secretary)

2019 Meetings

  • Monday 25th February
  • Monday 25th March
  • Monday 27th May
  • Monday 24th June
  • Monday 26th August
  • Monday 16th September
  • Monday 25th November
  • Monday 16th December

School Council Elections 2019

Interested in getting involved in School Council?

Nominations are now open for vacant parent spots on the school council. This is a great way to get involved in the wonderful community that we have at MPW.


What is School Council?

With members drawn from both parents and staff, Council has a role in setting and monitoring the school's direction. It does not run the school, that remains the responsibility of the principal.

Council is a significant voice for the community with regards to the type of school we want to be, and as such, benefits from having members drawn from a diverse range of backgrounds and with kids across the year levels.


What am I signing up for?

Terms last for 2 years and there are typically 8 council meetings during the year, held at 7 pm on Monday evenings. Council members also contribute to one or more of the sub-committees of Education, Environment, Community Connections or Resources (Finance).

Councillors are a great conduit to Council of what the community is thinking, so staying in touch with a range of opinions is a good idea. 


Sounds great, where do I sign?

Nomination forms are available from the General Office and are due in by 4 pm Thursday 28th February. Get cracking!!



Education News 

6-7 Transition Expo



2018 Year 7 Secondary School EXPO

Wednesday, 20th March  2019

4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

In the Gym at Moonee Ponds West Primary School

 150 Athol Street Moonee Ponds


All Grade 4, 5 & 6 children and their parents/carers are invited to attend the 2019 Year 7 Secondary School EXPO to learn more about our local Secondary Schools.

Buckley Park College

Mount Alexander College

Essendon Keilor College (East Keilor and Niddrie Campuses)

Rosehill Secondary College

Strathmore Secondary College

These schools will have displays and information handouts for interested families, plus personnel to talk to you and answer any questions you may have. The format is informal, so you are free to visit whichever display you wish to, any time between 4.00pm and 7.00pm.

We look forward to your attendance.

For further enquiries ring 8331 0100.  




Sport News

Summer Sport - Results – Rd 1

This Friday morning we continue the Gr 5/6 Summer Sport season.  All Gr 5/6 students will play Soccer, Handball and Hot Shots Tennis. 


This week MPW Gold are playing at home against North Melbourne (Handball & Tennis at school, soccer at Maribyrnong Park) and MPW Blue are away against St Mary’s (Handball & Tennis at St Mary’s Primary School, soccer at Walter St Reserve, Ascot Vale)

For students who aren’t playing, Yiota from Athletics Australia are coming to help us refine our running, jumping and throwing techniques.


Families are welcome to come and support.  Good luck to all teams!

District Swimming

Just a reminder that the students selected for the MPW Swimming Team will be competing at District Swimming Carnival on Friday 1st March.  All permission forms need to be returned this week (or consent given online)

Fundraising Events

MPW Movie Night - Friday 22nd March


Please join us for our first fundraising event for the year at our annual MPW Movie Night with Disney’s Incredibles 2!


From 5:30pm on Friday 22nd March bring along your chairs, rugs or beanbags and enjoy all the treats on offer with a sausage sizzle, lollies, popcorn, ice cream, glow sticks and drinks including a bar for the adults.


Relax with your family and school friends and enjoy a fabulous night under the stars with our very own Moonlight Cinema on the Tiger Turf. Food and drinks will be available from 5:30pm with the movie commencing at sunset.


  • Family $30
  • Adult $10
  • Child $7

Please pre-purchase your tickets via Eventbrite from Thursday 21st February or from the office on the night.


See you there!  


(Bad weather? See you in the gym)”



Basket Tea


KeepCup Fundraiser

The MPW Fundraising team will be holding a KeepCup fundraiser at the Welcome Picnic on Friday Feb 22nd.


We’ve partnered with Darling Street Espresso who will take 50c off the price of your first coffee or milkshake in your new KeepCup.


KeepCups will be available in 10 different colour combinations in two sizes:

  • Small - 8oz/237ml (Darling St small coffee or kids milkshake size) for $14 and
  • Large - 12oz/340ml (Darling St large coffee size) for $16.

Darling Street Espresso will happily use small cups for lunch orders as long as they are clean, dry & clearly labelled (both cup & lid!). So help fight the war on waste & support MPW at the same time by purchasing a KeepCup. Eftpos facilities will be available.

School Information

General Office

Office:                                         8:15a.m - 4:45p.m

Telephone:                       9370 6875 / 9375 1197

FAX:                                                              9370 1909

Sandra Monaghan          Business Manager

Sharyn Reinke                  Administration Officer

Leadership Team

Principal - Acting

Kerri Simpson

Assistant Principal - Acting

Barbara Springfield 

Business Operations Manager 

Sandra Monaghan

Leading Teacher

Jarrod Sutton

Student Absences

If your child is absent from school (including illness and appointment), it is necessary to inform the  school.  This can be in the form of a telephone call, email, entering the absence through the COMPASS parent portal , in writing or by advising the office or classroom teacher directly.

If your child is sick it is advisable to not send your child to school.

2019 Term Dates

Term 1:

Tuesday 29th January (Curriculum Day) to Friday 5th April

Term 2:

Tuesday 23rd April to Friday 28th June

Term 3:

Monday 15th July to Friday 20th September

Term 4:

Monday 7th October to Thursday 19th December


End of term dismissal is at 2.30 pm for Terms 1, 2 & 3 and End of Year dismissal is at 3.30 pm.

Curriculum Days

Term 1:

Tuesday 29th January  and Friday 8th March 

Term 3:

Thursday 25th July 

Term 3:

Monday 4th November

Term 4:

Friday 20th December (Pupil Free)

Before and After School Care

At MPW before and after school care is provided by Camp Australia. The service operates 7.00  - 8.45 am in the morning and  3.30 to 6.15 pm afternoons.  Camp Australia can be contacted on 1300 105 343.

To enrol your child please go to

Lost Property

In 2018 - a significant amount of unnamed clothing and unnamed plastic containers were donated to charity each month.


Our lost property is managed by parent volunteers and we need your help to reduce this  workload and loss of property.


You can help by:

  • ensuring that all belongings are clearly marked with students' names and room numbers
  • regularly check (and encourage your child/ren to check) for their lost property
  • remember that it is the responsibility of students and families to regularly check lost property and reclaim items

When is unnamed lost property cleared and donated to charity?

  • Last Friday of every month

Where is lost property?

In the Gym on the right hand side, as you walk in.

Community Calendar


Tuesday 19th February

Japanese Tour Information Session 6.00 pm

Thursday 21st February

3/4 Camp Information Session 7.00 pm

Friday 22nd February

Interschool Sport

Community Basket Tea

Tuesday 26th February

5/6 Camp Information Session 7.00 pm


Friday 8th March

Curriculum Day

Friday 15th March

Interschool Sport

Friday 22nd March

Interschool Sport

MPW Movie Night

Monday 25th March

3/4 Camp Group 1 depart

Wednesday 27th March

3/4 Camp Group 2 depart

3/4 Camp Group 1 return

Friday 29th March

Interschool Sport

3/4 Camp Group 2 return


Tuesday 2nd April

School Photos

Friday 5th April 

Term 1 Concludes @ 2.30 pm

Tuesday 23rd April

Term 2 Begins

Tuesday 30th April

5/6 Camp Group 1 departs


Friday 3rd May

5/6 Camp Group 1 returns

Tuesday 7th May

5/6 Camp Group 2 departs

Friday 10th May

5/6 Camp Group 1 returns


Monday 10th June

Queen's Birthday Public Holiday

Friday 28th June

Term 2 Concludes @ 2.30 pm

Community News

Maribyrnong Community Market
15th March 6 - 8.30pm

The Maribyrnong Community Markets are a great avenue for local artists to promote and sell their works. It’s also an opportunity for community members to sell pre-loved items.  With over 30 stalls, there’s bound to be something for everyone!

We are looking for stall holders for our upcoming market on Friday 15 March  6 – 8.30pm if you would like to have a stall at our market please contact the Maribyrnong Community Centre on 9032 4305.

After school drama classes

Wit Kids is a weekly drama program for children aged 5-12 years. The children learn improvisation, mime, theatre sports and play drama games. 


Classes cost only $40 per term, and take place on Mondays and Tuesdays at the Braybrook Community Hub 107 Churchill Avenue Braybrook , and Wednesdays at the Maribrynong Community Centre, 9 Randall Street, Maribyrnong.

Enrol online at:

Or contact for more details. 

Moonee Ponds West Primary School
Basket Tea Sausage Sizzle Helpers February 2019.pdf